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We're taking on #ArtWorldSexism!

Have you ever thought about how sexist the art world is? We have.

Today we are launching a campaign, 'Stand up to #ArtWorldSexism', in association with International Women's Day 2017.

We've published our own Gender Equality Report, based on four years of Artfinder sales and stock data and will also be writing to major global art institutions asking them to share theirs.

And we'd love your help! You can sign our pledge here and we would also love you to go to your local art building (whatever that may be), pick an exhibition and count how many works are by women and men. Tag us in a social post with #ArtWorldSexism and we will publish your results and contact the institution for a comment.

Why is this important?

It's a well known fact that women get paid less than men for the same work, but in the art world the problem isn't to the tune of 10 or 20%. Only 1 out of 100 top lots sold at auction in 2015 was by a woman, and none of the top ten richest living artists in the world are women.

We’ve known for a long time that Artfinder artists have pretty much a 50/50 gender balance, which is unusual in the art world. And, importantly, that's not something we did on purpose - it just so turns out that when you remove the gatekeepers, around 50% of artists represented are women. That shouldn't be a statistic worth shouting about, but it is. When we looked further into the data we found that women on Artfinder sell 40% more art than men, they sell their work 16% faster and for every £1m of art men sell, women sell £1.16m.

Artfinder best-selling artist Emma Cownie

How can I get involved?

Gender equality is something that every one of us can take action to change. Here are some things you can do to really make a difference.

Count

Go to your local gallery or institution and count how many of the artworks are by men and how many by women. Tag Artfinder in a social post using the hashtag #ArtWorldSexism and we’ll reach out to the organisation for comment

Share

Action can only come from greater awareness. So tell everyone you can about what needs to change by sharing our short film

Get in touch

Have you experienced gender inequality in the art world? Tell us about it. Email us at equality@artfinder.com with your story.

Artfinder artist Sally Fisher, who is quoted in the report

Hero image: New York artist and feminist, Jennifer Dalton, who is creating some work based on our data.

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